Back in my day, Nintendo handheld gaming consoles were region free. That's right. If a quirky little game that wasn't being localized for North America caught my eye, I could feel free to give Nintendo money in exchange for the ability to play it to my heart's content. Ah, those were the days!
But they didn't last. No sir, they did not.
It started with the DSi, a revision to Nintendo's previous handheld. It introduced region locking for titles that used DSi-specific features like the camera.
Then the 3DS launched and all 3DS and eShop titles were region locked. And it sucks.
But users have found a way around the region lock! Oh happy day!
But will Nintendo stand for it? Will it bring the hammer down on the work-around and prevent fervent fans from giving it even more money? Will it turn the other cheek and enjoy the extra income? Maybe you think Nintendo's finally seen the light and will patch out region locking in a subsequent firmware update.
Whatever you're thinking, let us know by voting in the poll. You can also leave a comment in the comments section or send us an email at SuperPACPodcast@gmail.com. EZK and I will reveal the poll results and discuss your opinions on the next podcast.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen